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28 lazy weeknight dinners made in 15 minutes or less

What to cook when you don’t want to cook.

Lazy Weeknight Dinners 15 Minutes

Wondering what to cook when you don’t want to cook? Then I’ve got the lazy weeknight dinners you need! These 15 minute recipes – from speedy soups to 15-minute pasta – are quick, speedy and delicious. Some of them even take an even-faster 10 minutes – how’s that for easy? But don’t think you’re compromising flavour for speed. These lazy dinner ideas are jam-packed with as much deliciousness as possible. 

15-minute meals to get excited about

Can confirm these quick and easy recipes for the best lazy weeknight dinners rule.

Korean-style Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti

I’m at it again with the fusion pasta, and this one is pretty immense, not gonna lie. The texture of that butter sauce is bang on, while using my fave Korean condiment – gochujang – brings an untraditional but totally welcome addition to proceedings.

Chilli Crisp Garlic Butter Spaghetti

If there was ever a pasta dish to make you swoon, it would be this. Garlicky, buttery and spicy, it’s got comfort factor in spades. Plus it heroes my homemade chilli crisp!

10-minute Spicy Chilli Garlic Oil Noodles

I love chilli garlic oil noodles as much as the next person. And I ESPECIALLY love them when I can get them on my plate in just 10 minutes, straight up. Here’s how.

Korean Prawn Pancakes

Crispy pancakes, stuffed full of charred onion and juicy prawns, then served with a spicy dipping sauce… prepare to flip out, because these 15-minute savoury Korean pancakes are divine! I reckon this recipe will feed six people if served as a party snack, or four as a main course – that’s if you’re willing to share them…

Quick Chorizo Beef Tacos

It’s time for another speedy time challenge bonanza: tacos… in 15 minutes! Yep, we’re rocking the retro vibes and bringing back crunchy shells, filled with fresh toppings and a deliciously charred beef and chorizo mix that’s smoky and spicy. Nostalgia never tasted so good.

15-minute Garlic Prawn Udon

This super-quick noodle dish is an absolute winner when you’re in need of a speedy, lazy weeknight dinner fix. Garlic, prawns, chewy noodles, a glossy sauce… what’s not to love? Totally slurp-tastic.

Creamy Lemon Ramen

Turn the convenience of instant ramen noodles into a next-level amazing pasta dish to get those tastebuds singing. Luscious, lemony and luxe, luxe, luxe!

10-minute Hot & Sour Soup

For when you need comfort food fast – this is hearty, flavour-packed chicken soup in just 10 minutes. It’s a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken and tofu – as well as that pesky half a carrot that always seems to be in the crisper!

Spicy Wonton Noodle Soup

This recipe is a saviour, trust me – for lunch, dinner, or even a late night ‘I’ve just got home and I’m starving’ dish. It’s so crazy easy! Just a few ingredients and my easiest ever dumpling hack and 15 minutes later you have a wonton ramen soup that tastes like it’s taken hours to make. I seriously love this one.

15-minute Thai Fried Chicken

Fried chicken: it’s a definite weakness of mine! This super-speedy version means you can get your weeknight fix of crunch and Thai flavours in just 15 minutes, whenever the mood strikes. Serve with some spicy or sweet sauce and you’ve just arrived in food heaven.

Korean-style Bacon & Egg Noodles

It’s bacon and eggs… but not as you know it! With a hint of spice and some good ol’ noodles in the mix, this is one of my most epic lazy weeknight dinners.

Crunchy Peanut Satay ‘Slaw

Everyone needs a killer coleslaw, and this crisp anything-but-sad salad with its creamy, peanutty satay dressing is definitely all that. It’s ready in under 15 minutes and is the perfect side for all sorts of meals. Keep leftover dressing in the fridge for up to three days, if you have any!

10-minute Tomato Egg Drop Soup

Not got a lot of time for making dinner? You’ve got 10 minutes to make this super-speedy soup! Comforting, rich and insanely good, this is one quick fix the whole family will love.

Sichuan pepper brings vibrancy and heat to this noodle dish, while ground beef speeds up cooking time. A great weeknight recipe!

Toasted Sichuan peppercorns are the key to this easy stir-fry. Using beef mince cuts down on prep time, and you can do all the remaining prep while the noodles are cooking for an easy 15-minute weeknight meal that’s full of flavour.

Thai Chicken & Glass Noodle Lettuce Cups

How about this to get some more greens on your plate? These eat-with-your-hands lettuce cups are a celebration of all things crunchy, fresh and spicy, and I love to serve them family-style, so everyone around the table can dive in and help themselves.​

10-minute Chicken, Eggs & Greens

Dinner in 10 minutes? Yep, it’s totally possible my friends, with this winning chicken dinner. It’s also packed with greens and a hint of chilli. This is the one for those busy weeknights when you know you need to eat but you just don’t want to cook.

Kimchi Fried Rice

Spicy, Korean-style fried rice, cooked with kimchi, bacon and butter… this dish is all the things! The fried egg is the most epic of toppings too – ditch it at your peril. My top tip? Day-old rice will give you the dryness you need for perfect, separated grains.

15-minute Fragrant Pork Noodles

When hungry tummies are a’calling, you’ll want this easy recipe in your repertoire. Gorgeous, stir-fried noodles in just 15 minutes – this is one quick dish perfect for busy weeknights. Don’t worry if you can’t find Thai basil; just use regular Italian basil instead. 

Thai Basil Pesto Pasta

Fusion pasta… is there anything better? All the comfort from pasta but with an Asian twist, my homemade pesto is green, great-looking and gorgeous to boot. And, at just 15 minutes to make, it’s perfect for when you need dinner in a flash.​

15-minute Pork & Sesame Udon Noodles

Chewy, satisfying and full of sesame deliciousness – yum! Dinner is on the table in 15 minutes with this quick and easy stir-fry noodle dish. I like to add a sprinkling of chilli powder to crank up the spice factor, but I’ll leave that decision totally up to you.

Easy Curry Laksa

Laksa is traditionally one of those dishes that develops its flavours over time, which can rule it out during busy weeknights. But hold onto your hats, people: this super-fast, super-tasty version will be ready to eat in just 15 minutes! Enjoy a creamy, rich broth and all the trimmings, sooner than you think.

Thai Satay Chicken Wraps

These filled tortilla wraps are ideal for a quick and easy lunch or a no-fuss dinner – they’re so simple to make! Charred chicken, crunchy salad and fresh herbs… yum! Older kiddos who can handle a slight hum of heat will love these handheld heroes.

15-minute Shanghai Noodles

Take a trip to Shanghai in just 15 minutes with this easy noodle dish. I used pork and udon noodles and paired them with mushrooms and Asian greens, but you could use any veg that you have in your crisper. The honey soy marinade is the perfect blend of sweet and savoury and would work equally well with chicken.

Miso Mushroom Spaghetti

This pasta is a triple-threat umami bomb: there’s miso, mushrooms and parmesan cheese. I mean, what’s not to love? Creamy and silky, it’s a perfect weeknight dinner as there’s such minimal prep involved. Enjoy!

15-minute Bacon & Dumpling Noodle Soup

You only need 15 minutes to cook this umami-rich noodle soup, making it perfect for a weekday dinner or speedy lunch. It uses frozen dumplings to keep things quick, meaning you can start slurping away sooner than you think!

10-minute Spicy Pork & Noodle Omelette

It’s a Thai omelette… but not as you know it! This one is full of hidden surprises – and lots of charm!

Thai Sweet & Sour Prawns

This 15-minute dish comes together really quickly and is full of delicate prawns and tangy sauce. I thoroughly recommend using fresh pineapple and avoiding the tinned variety, otherwise your sweetness is going to be off-balance. Serve with steamed rice and you’re good to go.

10-minute Spicy Prawn Drunken Noodles

This noodle stir-fry is quick, fiery and full of fabulousness, making it perfect for a pick-me-up midweek dinner. Make it as spicy or as mild as you like to suit your tastebuds – don’t copy me if you’re not as much of a chilli nut as I am!

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